After spending a year on a humanitarian assignment in Jordan, Tom Jensen has found that he left part of his heart in that country. The former Logan City Councilmember and his wife Ronna were teachers at a Catholic University and he said they felt safe even though there was conflict all around them.
On <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/328/2014_09_26_328_26268_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s Crosstalk program Thursday</a>, Jensen said the people of Jordan are friendly and they welcome millions of refugees from war-torn countries.
Jensen said like his father before him, Jordan King Abdullah is a good person and a man of peace.
“He has been a leader in trying to be a mediator in international affairs,” Jensen said. “He has a very strong population of Palestinians in his country so he needs to represent that opinion.
“So he came out against what Israel is doing. But he also has a peace treaty with Israel. He has tried to broker peace.”
A coalition of Western and Arab nations have started airstrikes meant to thwart Islamic State Group militants. Jensen admits he is concerned about the events going on right now because Jordan is in an important location. It is bordered on the north by Syria, east by Iraq, south by Saudi Arabia and west by Israel or the West Bank.